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Elephant Jake wear their collective heart on their collective tattoo sleeve on "Locked In"

If this were still the Myspace era obsessed as it was with mashups and niche musical genres and love of all things “extreme,” Elephant Jake would’ve likely been described on their Myspace page as a melodic hardcore emo pop punk indie rock band so extremely “emo” that they don’t merely wear their collective heart on their collective sleeve…

…but instead tear their collective heart right straight out of their sternum still beating and steaming like in that infamous scene from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (great movie for the kids!) and then using nothing more than a glue gun and a Bedazzler transforming their still-beating bloody organ into a stylish do-it-yourself brooch pinned to their gaping chest cavity for all the world to see in musical form…

…which come to think of it would be a pretty apt description for our current TikTok era an well—call it the Bloody Beating Heart Extraction Brooch Making Challenge—a habit eatablished from the band’s very first song (“Feelings About Feelings”) on their very first album (We’re Movies) that with lyrics like you probably won't miss me / it’s not like everything was meant to be something sets the template for a musical repertoire full of plain-spoken, soul-baring, heart-rending songs about bad relationships and general aimlessness…

…but here’s the thing Elephant Jake has such a penchant for putting across their unsparing lyrical examinations in such a life-affirming, open-hearted musical fashion that in the end there’s a tangible sense of punchdrunk transcendence springing directly from all the transparent emotional turmoil and self-recrimination like a form of Jungian musical therapy… 

…which is maybe a bit too “armchair psychology” of me but one thing that doesn’t require either an armchair or any Jungian analysis is the enjoyment of Elephant Jake’s great new single “Locked In” which in the span of less than two minutes moves from crisp, angular post-punky guitar textures and declamatory, detuned vocals until suddenly exploding into a wall-of-sound supernova of wailing guitars and a keening vocal chorus until a brief fusillade of manic drum fills and a quick fadeout brings the song to a sudden end with its lyrics adhering to the band’s usual stream-of-consciousness conversational tone drawing a vivid portrait not only of relationship woes but also a vivid portrait of working-class entrapment that has wider sociopolical implications…

…so go check it out if so inclined and finally when it comes to providing any fun biography details about the band I’m afraid I don’t got much there to share except that from what I can gather Elephant Jake hail originally from Orange County, New York which I never knew was an actual place that exists outside the identically named county residing in America’s official armpit state but when it comes to Elephant Jake’s current locational status their Bandcamp page has them residing in New York City while their Twitter account places them in Philadelphia, PA so I’m just gonna go ahead and say “touché” and “well played, gentlemen” because as a result I’m posting this entry on both the NYC and Philly pages which just means double the pleasure and double the fun for all involved… (Jason Lee)

   

Punk

Time: 
20:00
Band name: 
Droopies
FULL Artist Facebook address (http://...): 
https://www.google.com/search?q=droopies+facebook&oq=droopies+faceb&aqs=chrome.0.69i59j69i57j69i60.5231j1j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=U
Venue name: 
Philamoca
Band email: 
   

Punk

Time: 
20:00
Band name: 
Droopies
FULL Artist Facebook address (http://...): 
https://www.facebook.com/droopies/
Venue name: 
Philamoca
Band email: 
   

Punk

Time: 
20:00
Band name: 
Heavy Lag
FULL Artist Facebook address (http://...): 
https://www.facebook.com/heavylag
Venue name: 
Ortlieb's
Band email: